Denmark removes Korean ramen for being too spicy

Denmark has recalled several spicy ramen noodle products from South Korean company Samyang, saying the levels of capsaicin they contain could poison consumers.

Three fiery flavors are being retired from the Samyang instant ramen line: Buldak 3x Hot and Spicy Chicken, 2x Hot and Spicy Chicken and Hot Chicken Stew.

Denmark’s food agency issued the recall and warning on Tuesday, urging consumers to abandon the product.

It is unknown if any specific incident has led Danish authorities to take action.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said it had assessed that the levels of capsaicin in a single packet were “so high that they pose a risk of the consumer developing acute poisoning.”

“If you have the products, you should throw them away or return them to the store where you purchased them,” he says in a statement.

He also emphasized the warning for children, for whom extremely spicy foods can be harmful.

The notice has sparked heated discussion online with many funny reactions from spicy food lovers. Many have claimed that Danes have a low tolerance for spices.

“I had a friend from Denmark who thought flavorless breaded shrimp with a little ground pepper was too spicy. No wonder they think this ramen is poison,” reads a popular comment on a Reddit ramen forum .

It is unclear if the noodles have been recalled before in any other countries. No other safety warnings appear to have been issued globally.

Capsaicin is the chemical compound in chili peppers that creates the burning sensation.

When humans eat peppers, capsaicin is released into saliva and binds to receptors in the mouth.

Samyang is a major South Korean food manufacturer that is considered the first company in the country to create instant noodles, back in the 1960s.

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